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Crawley student beats thousands to win national business award

A student from Holy Trinity School in Crawley who set up a business as part of the National Tenner Challenge, run by Young Enterprise, has won the Tenner for Good award for their business ‘paper petals’ where he sold bouquets of paper flowers for use in hospitals.



Timothee Hawksley, Year 10, from Holy Trinity School receives his award.

Students were given £10 and four weeks to set up a business and make as much profit as they could.

This is the 7th year of the Tenner Challenge, and this year over 26,000 students took part. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony on the 8th of May, held at the Moorgate Auditorium in London.

The Tenner Programme gives students an opportunity to develop key employability skills and develop a better understanding of the connection between what they learn in school and how they can apply that learning in the world of work. 84% of teachers were attracted to the Tenner Challenge for the ‘real experience’ it offers to young people.

Students have a business idea and use this start-up capital to make it happen, using real money to take calculated risks to gain first-hand business experience of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.  At the end of the month participants asked to return their £10 pledges with a £1 legacy donation to enable Young Enterprise to support even more people the following year. Students are free to keep their remaining profits, which many donate to a charity of their choice.

Michael Mercieca, Young Enterprise Chief Executive, said:  

“The Tenner programme is critical for driving entrepreneurship among young people. Every year, we hear new stories come about from all different walks of life.

“The challenge has a real impact on the young people’s employability skills and will help to encourage students to reach their full potential.”

Sarah John, Chief Cashier at the Bank of England and a guest speaker at the awards night, said: 

“It was a privilege to meet the winners of the Tenner Challenge Awards and hear about all their entrepreneurial endeavours. The challenge is a great way to encourage students to build new skills and work in a team. It is great to see how far a tenner can go!”

Louise McMenamin, Teacher at Holy Trinity School, said:

“We have run this enterprise activity over the past few years and it is a fun, engaging and creative way in which to broaden young people’s minds into the possibilities of life beyond school.

Past participants of this challenge have progressed onto our Head Team and this is proof of how early embedding of enterprise skills and attitudes can be nurtured in the school environment.”


West Sussex refuses to support Crawley schools decision of NOT fining parents for keeping children absent



September seems to creeping ever closer and with it comes the supposed return to school for children across the town.

But with the news that parents ‘must’ send their children back to school come the start of the new school year, also came the news that one head in paticular had gone on record to say he would not fine any parent who kept their child at home.

Head of St Wilfrid’s Michael Ferry was interviewed on breakfast television where he stated that he would not fine a parent. This then led to a whole debate about who was right and what the right decision should be.

Now West Sussex County Council has added to this furore by refusing to support a decision to not fine a parent made by any head teacher or school in Crawley.

In a statement a West Sussex County Council Spokesperson said:

“We welcome the plan for all children to return to the classroom in September after, what has been for many, a lengthy absence.

“We recognise that some children may be anxious about returning to school and will work closely with our schools to help them prepare children and build the confidence of parents  and carers in the plans for a safe and managed return.

“We will continue to work with schools to engage with and support parents and carers in getting their children back into school before considering issuing penalties for poor attendance. Issuing fines for non-attendance is always a last resort.”

The lack of apparent support from the county council shows an ever growing divide on decisions being made around the ongoing problems with the coronavirus.

Responding to the comments from West Sussex, Michael Ferry said:

“The guidance allows head teachers as far as they can to make local decisions to meet the needs of their school communities.  If one of those decisions happens to be that we are not going to fine people for something that isn’t their fault then I would expect the local authority to support the headteachers in doing so.

If only 10% turn up when we reopen then I would say I have failed because I have not got across the message about what measures we are taking to protect our students.”

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